Shining Tor is the highest point in Cheshire and the first objective of this Peak District walk. Crossing the border into Staffordshire the walk continues across Axe Edge Moor offering excellent views. The walk uses high moorland paths for most of the way and is best saved for a clear day.
Calculated time is computed with the distance, the height difference, and an average speed of 2.2 mph. For an intermediate walker, this time includes small breaks.
(D/A) For many Cheshire is never associated with high ground, yet this walk starts from opposite the "Cat & Fiddle" public house on the A537 Buxton to Macclesfield road (grid ref. SK001719). At just over 510 meters above sea level, this pub is one of the highest in Britain and, when the weather is fine, provides a good view over the surrounding moors. Although predominantly moorland in character this walk includes three counties - Cheshire, Derbyshire and Staffordshire - with wide ranging views for most of its length.
There is usually plenty of roadside parking available opposite the pub. From here you need to follow the track heading north west on the same side of the road from the pub. After a short way a footpath is signed on your right and you should follow this northwards. Reaching the first cross path keep straight - you will return here so take note. Keep ahead until after a short way you reach another junction where you turn left to head to the summit of Shining Tor - at 559 metres this is the highest land in Cheshire (although the eastern half is in Derbyshire!). Enjoy the extensive view and retrace your steps to the first junction mentioned above.
(1) From the junction head downhill with good views across to Errwood Reservoir. Follow the edge of a conifer plantation, avoiding the worst of the boggy sections, to enter the plantation. Cross Deep Clough and continue for a few hundred metres before turning down left to the road that follows Goyt's Clough. Below you there is a footbridge and after crossing this head roughly east towards Berry Clough. The climb is steady and the views improve with height. At the path junction (grid ref. 027727) turn south to reach a track. Pick up the onward path that continues in the same direction to reach the A54. The walking is easy and the Western Moors, as this part of the Peak District is often called, stretch out into Cheshire and Staffordshire.
(2) From the main road continue south across Axe Edge Moor to cross a minor road at Dane Head. Away to your right the shapely outline of Shuttlingsloe (the Cheshire Matterhorn) can be seen on the horizon. Stay in roughly the same direction to follow good paths across the flanks of Cheeks Hill and Orchard Common. Then turn right uphill through Orchard Farm where the path goes through a rather muddy yard, which on this occasion was occupied by a large herd of Highland Cattle!
(3) Stay with the track as this contours around the hillside to Reeve-edge Quarries where remnants of the final day's production are still in evidence. Reaching a stream the path turns west and climbs steeply out of the valley/quarry to reach the A54. Here you take the signed path heading northwest across moorland to return to the "Cat and Fiddle"(D/A).
D/A : km 0 - alt. 517m - Cat and Fiddle
1 : km 3.36 - alt. 521m - Turn left
2 : km 8.07 - alt. 480m - Cross the A54
3 : km 11.03 - alt. 446m - Orchard Farm
D/A : km 15.44 - alt. 517m
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